By DAVID SKOLNICK
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, told a crowd at Youngstown State University today that he and Mitt Romney, the party’s presidential candidate, will fix the problems of job loss, dependency on foreign aid and oil, and health care, if elected.
Ryan, who lives in Janesville, Wis., said Youngstown reminds him of his hometown.
“We come from similar areas,” he said. “Please know we want to get these manufacturing jobs back here. We want to make sure that this is a country and a society where we are the envy of the world, where we’re No. 1 in manufacturing again, not second to China, like we are right now.”
Ryan spoke for about 17 minutes to the crowd of about 1,400 in YSU’s Kilcawley Center — including an overflow room of 200 who watched him on a giant-screen TV — and then answered six questions during a 42-minute town hall.
During his appearance, Ryan aggressively criticized Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent.
“I’ve never seen a president so partisan as this one,” Ryan said.
He added that when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he successfully worked with an overwhelmingly-Democratic state Legislature.
Ryan said you shouldn’t “demonize the other party,” and Romney was able to “find common ground” without compromising his principles.
Ryan campaigned in the heart of one of the most Democratic areas of Ohio, a key battleground state. Obama won Mahoning and Trumbull counties in 2008 over Republican John McCain by 20 percentage points.
But Republicans have not shied away from coming to the area recently. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a prominent Romney surrogate, campaigned in Lordstown.
In a written response, Danny Kanner, an Obama campaign spokesman, said: “A PowerPoint can’t hide the simple truth: all Romney and Ryan are offering is the same failed policies that led to the crisis and punished middle class families in the first place.”
Ryan used some graphs and charts during his appearance at YSU.
After the YSU event, Ryan and his family visited the St. Vincent De Paul Society Dining Hall, next door to The Vindicator, to serve food to the poor, but breakfast time had passed. Instead, they washed dishes.
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